What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

2020 Volkswagen Passat
Searching for an excellent deal on a quality used or certified pre-owned vehicle in Brockton can seem daunting. But when you buy a used car from a dealership like Silko Volkswagen, it can take a lot of the stress out of the situation. Here we share some tips on what to look for when buying a used car and what to ask when buying a used car. When you’re ready to move forward, contact us. We’re always ready to help!



How to Buy a Used Car

There are several advantages to buying a used car, such as a lower list price and slower depreciation. Below are some tips when shopping for a used car:

  • Set a Budget: Your budget will be more than the price you pay. Be sure to plan for future repairs, new tires, auto insurance, and routine maintenance. Remember that your monthly payment should not exceed 10% of your gross monthly income. You can get an idea of your monthly payments using our payment calculator.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Once you know your budget, make a list of other essential must-haves in your new ride, such as the number of miles, technological features, storage, and passenger space. Then, research reliability reviews from sites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.
  • Test Drive the Cars That Meet Your Criteria: Thoroughly inspect the vehicle and have it checked out by a trusted mechanic. Then, take it for a test drive around Easton to see how it handles and that all the features are working properly.
  • Apply for Financing: Explore your auto loan options, compare interest rates and requirements, and apply for financing. If you have a car to trade in, find out how much you can get for it.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Sometimes in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget to ask something crucial about the vehicle you’re considering. Here is a list of questions so you know what to ask when buying a used car:

  • Do you have the maintenance history?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • How did you come up with the price?
  • How many miles does it have on the odometer?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • Do you have the title ready?
  • May I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • How much will auto insurance cost?
  • Is the car sold “as is,” or does it have a warranty?

Shop For a Used Car at Silko Volkswagen

When you’re ready to move forward on your next car purchase, contact us at Silko Volkswagen near Stoughton. Our friendly team will help you select the right vehicle for your needs and take you on a test drive around West Bridgewater. We even have cars for under $10k! Feel free to reach out to our finance department with any questions and let us know how we can be of service.


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